What happened this day in history January 8

What are the important events that happened on January 8? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

January 8: Facts & Myths About This Day

January 8 is the 8th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 357 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is December 26, 2021 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,641,600,000 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘octagon’ day.

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Capricorn is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Garnet is the modern birthstone for this month. Emerald is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 24 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 3,305 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 8 Historical Events

  • 871
    Alfred the Great leads a West Saxon army to repel an invasion by Danelaw Vikings.
  • 1297
    François Grimaldi, disguised as monk, leads his men to capture the fortress protecting the Rock of Monaco, establishing his family as the rulers of Monaco.
  • 1734
    Premiere performance of George Frideric Handel’s Ariodante at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
  • 1838
    Alfred Vail demonstrates a telegraph system using dots and dashes (this is the forerunner of Morse code).
  • 1867
    African American men are granted the right to vote in Washington, D.C.
  • 1904
    The Blackstone Library is dedicated, marking the beginning of the Chicago Public Library system.
  • 1918
    President Woodrow Wilson announces his “Fourteen Points” for the aftermath of World War I.
  • 1989
    The Kegworth air disaster. British Midland flight 92 crashes into the M1 motorway killing 47 people out of 127 on board.
  • 1994
    Russian cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov on Soyuz TM-18 leaves for Mir. He would stay on the space station until March 22, 1995, for a record 437 days in space.
  • 2011
    An attempted assassination of Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and subsequent shooting in Casas Adobes, Arizona at a Safeway grocery store kills 6 people and wounds 13, including Giffords.

Who were born on January 8?

  • 1908
    William Hartnell, British actor (d. 1975)
  • 1911
    Tom Delaney, British racing driver (d. 2006)
  • 1912
    Lawrence E. Walsh, American jurist and 4th United States Deputy Attorney General
  • 1922
    Abbey Simon, American pianist
  • 1924
    Ron Moody, English actor
  • 1928
    Slade Gorton, American politician
  • 1934
    Alexandra Ripley, American writer (d. 2004)
  • 1942
    Stephen Hawking, English theoretical physicist and author
  • 1966
    Igor Vyazmikin, Russian ice hockey player (d. 2009)
  • 1991
    Asuka Hinoi, Japanese singer

Who died on January 8?

  • 307
    Jin Huidi, Chinese emperor of the Jin Dynasty (b. 259)
  • 1324
    Marco Polo, Italian explorer (b. 1254)
  • 1570
    Philibert de l'Orme, French architect (b. c. 1510)
  • 1916
    Rembrandt Bugatti, Italian sculptor (b. 1884)
  • 1934
    Serge Stavisky, French financier and embezzler (b. 1886)
  • 1976
    Robert Forgan, British fascist (b. 1891)
  • 1991
    Steve Clark, English guitarist (Def Leppard) (b. 1960)
  • 2007
    David Ervine, Northern Irish politician (b. 1953)
  • 2007
    Yvonne De Carlo, Canadian-born actress (b. 1922)
  • 2008
    George Moore, Australian champion jockey (b. 1923)

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